My Super [food] Life After rheumatoid arthritis!

For those who are expecting a long dissertation of how superfoods did this and that to my health, I want to tell you now this isn’t going to get into the nuts and bolts.  I’m going to keep this simple because the fact of the matter is – it IS simple! 

When I was 40 I woke up one day and found myself experiencing a weird sensation in my hands and feet.  It felt as though I had sprained a few of my knuckles.  I had to take a moment – a long moment – to figure out what was going on.  Why were my fingers sore, I mean really sore?

By the time I had reached 40, I was your typical middle age person.  I was somewhat overweight, had terrible stomach problems which forced me to the bathroom more often than I wanted to admit and besides some dry, flakey and bumpy skin on my arms I also had skin rashes on my legs and butt checks that made wearing shorts a challenge to say the least.

It didn’t take long to put 2 and 2 together that what I was experiencing may have something to do with my family’s history of having severe rheumatoid arthritis and lupus.  So I did what anyone else would do – a few months of sharp pain and inflammation in the joints – and away I went to the Rheumatologist.  I was an open and shut case.  So on a summer day in 2006 I was diagnosed with this auto immune condition, given a treatment plan and basically told to go forth and live my new life to the best of my ability.

But here is where things really changed.  By the time I was diagnosed, my wife Sharlene had been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis for over 8 years.  And in that time, I had front row seats to witness the most beautiful transformation in her life.  Sharlene was living proof in my life that anything – I mean ANYTHING – could be overcome if we mixed a whole lot of faith (i.e., in ourselves) along with some powerful nourishment.  In this case, in the form of superfood nutrition. 

Sharlene was all over the research that talked about how super nutrients could detox the stomach and digestive track (heck, the whole body while we are at it), alkaline the body and beat down the free radicals that were weakening her body’s ability to maintain a healthy cell structure.   Did you get that?  If not, re-read that sentence over and over and over again because I guarantee you that if you do and you get the power behind what I had just said, it WILL change your life forever.  I mean FOREVER!

Admittedly, it took time for me to get this message much less know how to apply it in my life.  Thank God I had an angel by my side.  Someone who had gone through it herself and was able to show me a road map to make it easier.  Someone who would not only become my nutrition coach at the time but who I could honestly say is one of my three hero’s in life!

Over the course of the next several years, I gradually became immersed in superfoods and super nutrients.  My inflammation and joint pain gradually subsided until it went away completely.  My stomach issues (i.e., diarrhea and pain) are a thing of the past and my skin rashes are no more.  But not only that, I FEEL awesome!  I am 45 pounds lighter, have more agility, mental clarity and youthful zest for life than when I was 20 years old.  I am living proof that we don’t have to age “gracefully” but rather “youthfully!”

In the weeks ahead, I’ll peel the onion back to share with you the power of each superfood and to help you understand that the answers you have been looking for have and always will be RIGHT IN FRONT OF YOU!  You just need to have faith that YOU can change your life and YOU can help change the lives of others by simply inspiring them to take back their health.  You just need to want it because once you start to experience how amazing it is to feel better, you’ll never want to go back to who you once were – never, ever!  GUARANTEED!!!  

One Comment

  1. Shannon Poppie-Reply
    September 27, 2016 at 10:05 pm

    Amazing and Inspiring story!! Thank you for sharing your knowledge, passion, and magical superfood with us all!
    My family and I (including my daughter away at college…and my 88 year old mother-in-law) have recently started drinking Green Energy and LOVE it! I have never understood (or felt) any benefit from taking vitamins, but this so energizing and makes total sense! THANK YOU for making “drinking healthy” simple and delicious!

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